NUMISMATICS WEB SITE HAS MOVED!
In the last issue of our newsletter,
we announced that the Telesphere Numismatics web site would be moving
to a new location on the Internet. The move was completed on
April 16, 2007. Our new Internet address (also called URL, for
Uniform Resource Locator) is www.telecoins.com.
This change results from an agreement signed during March to transfer
our old Internet domain, telesphere.com, to another company. The
agreement is exclusively for the rights to that domain and does not
involve any other aspects of our business. The proceeds of the
domain sale will enable us to serve you better than ever in the future,
including an expanded selection of collectable coins and paper money.
Please take a moment to update our site's entry in your web browser's
Favorites menu (if you use Internet Explorer) or Bookmarks menu (as
it's called in Firefox, Netscape and some other browsers) and visit us
during the coming weeks and months for an expanded inventory and new
Our already discounted prices have been further reduced on 60 great
collector coins, while they last. Digital photographs of most of
these coins can be viewed by clicking entries on our Current Special page.
The sale will end no later than April 30, 2007. Individual coins
will be removed as they're sold.
COIN AND PAPER MONEY PHOTOGRAPHY, PART 1
This article is the first in a series on photographing coins and paper
money. Pictures may be useful for inventory purposes (e.g. in the
event of theft or of fire or other damage) and when selling to
prospective buyers who cannot examine items in person.
For several years we created digital coin images with a flatbed
for scanning coins were first published on our web site 10 years
Digital photography has advanced dramatically in recent years. We
began photographing (rather than scanning) coins and notes in early
2001 and purchased a more advanced digital camera for that purpose in
late 2006. In our opinion photography generally produces higher
quality images compared to scanning, particularly for uncirculated
coins. While some scanners do an excellent job of capturing
cameras are superior for reproducing subtle color variations and luster.
Equipment needed for coin photography includes a camera, tripod, table
or stand for the items being photographed, and lighting. In the
remainder of this article, we discuss choosing a suitable camera.
For pictures to be displayed online, digital cameras are preferable to
film cameras because the time and expense of processing and printing
film and then scanning the print is eliminated.
Digital camera prices range from under $100 for models with limited
features to over $1000 for models designed for professionals. At
a minimum you'll need a camera with a macro capability and a tripod
mount. Other useful features include custom white balance and
spot metering. If you already have a digital camera with a macro
feature, you're ready to go until such time (if any) you decide an
upgrade makes sense.
The macro feature enables pictures to remain in focus when the camera
and subject are at a close distance (the minimum distance varies from
one camera model to another). Tripod mounts are nearly universal
on cameras these days. White balance is for accurately
representing colors and depends on the light source. Most digital
cameras have several built in white balance settings for various light
sources. However, our experience has been that additional color
adjustments after the picture has been taken may still be necessary to
get accurate color representation. Custom white balance allows
you to color correct for your actual lighting conditions and thereby
eliminate post-processing adjustments in most cases. With spot
metering exposure is determined from a limited area in the scene, which
can be filled by a coin. Otherwise, the camera meters light from
the entire frame, and a coin photograph may be underexposed or
Among the many other features available on some digital cameras are
zoom, the capability to shoot movies and record sound, interchangeable
lenses, and various levels of manual control, just to name a few.
More info on those features is available online in independent camera
review as well as manufacturers web sites. When selecting a
camera, take into account how else you intend to use it. For
example, if you plan to shoot pictures of your child's soccer game or
wildlife, you may want a camera with a high powered optical zoom and
perhaps a movie capability. Other factors in choosing a camera
include size and weight considerations and, of course, how much you're
willing to spend.
After considering these and other criteria in the fall of 2006, we
purchased a Canon Powershot S3 IS. This camera has a regular
macro feature that works to within 4 inches and a super macro feature
that allows even closer shots. With the super macro feature,
we're able to get detailed shots of smaller coins as well as most die
varieties. The S3 also has custom white balance and spot metering
capabilities. All of the coin and paper money photos
posted on our web site since November 2006 have been taken with this
Other aspects of coin and paper money photography will be addressed in
future installments of this newsletter.
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